Music is an essential part of the human experience, but the industry is dominated by men. Host Majel Connery uncovers extraordinary stories of women who have carved a path to success despite the odds. You'll also be introduced to the unique, imaginative and exceptional music that her guests have created over the course of their careers.
Sarah Kirkland Snider
In response to the question “Is music by women womanish?” composer Sarah Kirkland Snider discusses “emotional” music by Classical composers; charges of femininity in her own music by The New York Times; aging gracefully; and sex appeal.
Grammy-nominated composer, flutist and vocalist Nathalie Joachim discusses a surge in recognition of Black women composers; the album Fanm d’Ayiti; and her fearless pursuit of what moves her, regardless of success.
Wu Fei is a classically-trained composer, singer and master of the guzheng, a Chinese zither. Fei describes growing up in the restrictive creative environment of Chinese conservatories, and compares it with the openness of music training in the U.S.
Angélica Negrón is a Puerto Rican-born composer and multi-instrumentalist. She talks about the paradox of writing “cute” music as a petite woman, and whether she is trapped into reinforcing a stereotype.
This episode opens with the expression of transness in composer inti figgis-vizueta’s Music for Transitions. inti talks about a boycott of her music, and how and when to share negative experiences in a public way without it backfiring.
Composer Sarah Cahill discusses her Future is Female project; the parallel between her brilliant but oppressive father and 19th-century composer Felix Mendelssohn; and the problematic phrase “artists who happen to be women.”
Great show, really enjoyed the interview with Sarah Kirkland Snider. Really good to hear her perspective about the extra challenges female composers face. Hearing that she faced criticism for writing music with an emotional impact is horrifying and also baffling. Not sure how emotionally affecting music is negative, but it shows gender bias can create views to support itself even if the view seems senseless. I hope the young female composers take heart from Ms Snider’s experience and shared wisdom.
Love that the first season is on classical music. These are important, thoughtful conversations. So many surprising, sharp observations. Thank you.
Real substance, articulate discussion, and full of energetic curiosity.
(Great production quality, too)